VIVA España: Embracing Life in Sunny Spain.

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 For Over Two Decades- A Journey of  Living Your Best Life.

Introduction: 

This is our property in the Spanish countryside it shows our outside kitchen the pool and some sun beds ,it’s a beautiful day and the view is of the Spanish countryside.
Our off grid property in the Spanish countryside.
8 of our 12 solar panels sat on the hillside ,4 panels on each post on a beautiful sunny day.
Our solar panels
Hill side views from our house, looking up to a big rocky outcrop and olive trees below.
One of the views from our land.

Spain, a land of sunshine, vibrant culture, and unmatched quality of life. For over two decades we have been living this dream and embracing the wonderful Spanish lifestyle. And experiencing the sun-soaked reality of this fantastic country. It’s a remarkable journey, and it’s been our pleasure to call Spain home. But what’s it like to live here?.

 

Living in Spain 

Living here  isn’t just about the sunny weather or the laid-back lifestyle, it’s about experiencing a new culture, learning a new language, and being part of a community that exudes warmth, friendliness, and hospitality. Whether you’re considering a move across the seas, or simply planning a prolonged stay, this blog is your guide to understanding the Spanish way of life.

In this blog, you will find all the information you need about the cost of living, buying property,  and setting up a business, and more in beautiful Spain. As someone who’s navigated the ins and outs of this country for over twenty years, we are here to help you live your best life in this premium destination.

Cost of Living in Spain

Compared to many countries like the UK, America, Ireland and Sweden the cost of living in Spain is relatively lower. The cost of groceries, dining out, utilities, and rent or property is considerably cheaper which allows for a quality lifestyle without the high expense. But renting or buying a property by the coast or inland both have different costs associated with them. A house by the coast is undoubtedly a little more expensive due to the location and the amenities. But on the other hand, properties inland are more affordable, especially in smaller towns and villages that offer the same vibrant Spanish culture.

Cost-effective

One of the most appealing aspects of living in Spain is the ability to afford a fantastic quality of life without breaking the bank. Public transportation is efficient and cost-effective, medical care is excellent and affordable, and entertainment options are vast and varied, offering something for everyone

Spains Regulations on Pets. 

Transporting pets to Spain involves a series of steps that need to be closely followed to ensure the wellbeing of your pet and to comply with Spain’s regulations. The process initiates by procuring a pet passport or a third-country official veterinary certificate. This will prove that your pet is healthy and is updated with the required rabies vaccination. The primary prerequisite is that your pet should be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15-digit pet microchip. If your pet’s microchip is not ISO compliant, you are required to bring your own microchip scanner.

 

 Rabies Vaccination.

Once the microchipping process is completed, your pet can be vaccinated. And it’s important to note that your pet should be at least 12 weeks old before rabies vaccination. After vaccination, there is a 21-day waiting period before the pet is allowed to travel. For pets coming from high-rabies countries, a titer test is necessary to confirm the effectiveness of the rabies vaccination. And the the test should be carried out not less than three months before entering Spain.

Specific Regulations 

Upon your arrival in Spain, it’s imperative to comply with the laws about keeping pets. But dogs in particular, must be identified by microchip or by a tattoo. And they must also be registered at the municipal register within a month of acquisition or within a month of moving to the locality. There are specific regulations pertaining to potentially dangerous dogs, including mandatory civil liability insurance and strict leash and muzzle use. Moreover, laws in Spain strictly stipulate that pet owners should ensure the welfare of their pets, providing appropriate nutrition, veterinary care, and exercise, while also prohibiting abuse and abandoning.

Transportation 

Finally, it’s worth mentioning that each airline has specific pet travel policies, so you should contact them directly for more information. Be prepared to provide a crate or carrier of adequate size, ventilation and security, and ensure that transportation will not cause unnecessary suffering to your pet. Also, adhere to the restrictions on the number of pets you may accompany. In general, travelers are limited to five pets, but there are exceptions for participants of competitions, exhibitions, or sporting events.

                    Buying Property in   Spain           

 

  • Finding the Right Property: Research the market, visit properties, and find the right fit for your needs and budget. From apartments in bustling cities to villas by the sea or country houses in rural areas, there’s a wide array of options available.

Navigating the Buying Process:

Navigating through the purchasing process of property, land or business in Spain can be a complex endeavor, with several crucial steps to follow and legalities to comply with. Understanding these processes is crucial to ensure a seamless transaction and to protect your investments. However, with the right set of knowledge and professional guidance, it’s entirely doable and can be a sound investment choice.


 

Legalities.

Initially, when buying property or land in Spain, one of the first steps is to secure a NIE number (Numero de Identificación de Extranjero), which is a tax identification number for foreigners. It’s a requisite for any major transaction in Spain. Next, it’s always wise to hire a reputable and bilingual  solicitor who can assist you in comprehending the legal terms and conditions surrounding your purchase. They will perform due diligence on the property or business to ensure there are no outstanding debts, encumbrances, or legal issues.

Research .

In terms of identifying an ideal property or business to buy, take time to thoroughly research and consider several options. Always perform an onsite inspection of the premise, inquiring into its condition, value, location, and future potential. Once you’ve made a choice, a pre-agreement or “contrato privado de compravento” is signed, and a deposit usually between 10% and 20% of the purchase price is paid.

Buying Process .

The final step of the buying process is the execution of the public deed of sale or “escritura pública” before a, Spanish notary another key figure in the purchase process in Spain. It’s their role to verify the identity of both parties, confirm that the seller is the rightful owner, and ensure that the purchaser understands the terms of the contract. Following this, the deed is registered at the Local Land Registry, and then the remaining balance is settled. Buying property, land or a business in Spain is a significant decision and investment. As such, having a clear understanding of the process and enlisting professional help as needed will ensure that you navigate this journey successfully

Vehicle Transfer and Ownership

Finding the Right Vehicle.

With a plethora of options available, finding the right vehicle in Spain can be a daunting task. Research is key, as is understanding the vehicle’s history.

.Car transfer.

Ownership transfer is a crucial step in ensuring legal compliance. Reputable agencies facilitate this process smoothly, helping to navigate the paperwork and regulations.

Ownership Responsibilities.

Vehicle owners in Spain have specific responsibilities, including insurance, annual ITV (vehicle inspection), and road taxes. Compliance with these requirements ensures a safe and legal driving experience.

Starting a business 

Starting a business in Spain is an enticing prospect. The growing economy, coupled with the country’s strategic location, makes it a hotbed for entrepreneurs and investors. It’s important to understand the market, identify your niche, and draft a detailed business plan. It involves registering the business name, applying for a tax identification number, and opening a bank account. Engaging a local attorney or consultant can help simplify the process. Despite the many advantages of starting a business in Spain, be prepared for bureaucratic delays and language barriers. However, with patience and perseverance, you can overcome these challenges and thrive in the robust Spanish business environment.

Pros and Cons of Living in Spain

  • Pros: The sunny weather, delicious food, and friendly locals are some of the many advantages of living in Spain. The country offers a relaxed pace of life and an excellent healthcare system (we have both benefited from over the years.) The cost of living is reasonable, contributing to a great quality of life.
  • Cons: Despite the many benefits, there are a few challenges. The language barrier can be daunting, and dealing with Spanish bureaucracy can be time-consuming. Job opportunities may be limited, especially in rural areas.
  • Overall: Despite the challenges, the pros of living in Spain far outweigh the cons. With Spanish life’s premium value, the fantastic weather, and the excellent quality of life, it’s no wonder many people choose to call Spain home.

Education.

Spain boasts an excellent education system, offering both public and private schools, along with international schools that follow foreign curriculum. The public schools are free, and the private schools are relatively affordable compared to other countries. Child care in Spain is of high quality and covers a broad age range. From nurseries for the little ones to after-school activities for older kids, parents can comfortably balance work and family life in Spain.

Bilingual.

While Spanish is the primary language of instruction, many schools offer bilingual programs, making it easier for expat kids. Additionally, there are many language schools and tutors available to help with Spanish language learning to integrate your children into the Spanish school system.

Life insurance.

   Life insurance is affordable, and it’s advisable to have a policy for peace of mind. Different types of policies are available, and it’s crucial to find the right one that fits your needs and budget.

Great fresh foods.

Spain’s  vegetables, and lean proteins, contributing to the country’s low rate of heart disease. Living in Spain can genuinely be beneficial for your health.

Diverse.

Spain is a food lover’s paradise; the cuisine is diverse, flavorful, and is considered one of the healthiest in the world. From small tapas bars to Michelin-starred restaurants, Spain offers a gastronomic journey like no other.

 Flamenco.

For other uses of this term, see Flamenco (disambiguation).Flamenco is a Spanish musical genre that was developed in Andalusia, especially in the areas of Cádiz and its ports, San Fernando, Jerez de la Frontera (place where the first written vestige of this art is found), Seville and the towns of its province such as Lebrija and Utrera, Huelva, Granada and Córdoba as well as in some areas of the Region of Murcia, Castilla-La Mancha and Extremadura.

Its main facets are singing, touch, and dancing, also counting on its own traditions and norms. As we know it today, flamenco dates from the 18th century, and there is controversy about its origin, since although there are different opinions and aspects, none of them has been proven historically. Although the RAE dictionary associates it with Andalusian popular culture and the notable presence of the gypsy people in that one,3 it is more than perceptible the fusion of the different cultures that coincided in Andalusia at the time.

Gipsies arrival in Spain

Although it is true that the gypsies arrived in Spain in the  XV and despite vital restrictions and anti-Gypsyism, they managed to settle in Andalusia around the s. XVI-XVII, when flamenco began. Surely the cultural baggage that the gypsy people dragged from their pilgrimage to India was to converge with the indigenous Andalusian sounds, giving rise to flamenco. Entertainment in Spain is as rich and diverse as its culture. From flamenco shows and bullfights to football matches and huge music festivals, there’s never a dull moment. On the coast the nightlife is vibrant, with numerous bars, clubs, and lots of live music venues.

.Shopping in Spain.

Shopping in Spain is fantastic From high-end designer stores to local markets, there’s something for everyone. Remember to try out the local markets for fresh produce, local delicacies, and some unique souvenirs and bargain buys.

.Climate in Spain.

Spain is more than just a sunny haven; it is a place of vibrant culture, friendly locals, and an unmatched quality of life. With its reasonable cost of living and the promise of a relaxed, healthy lifestyle, Spain continues to attract people from all walks of life. So, come, embrace the Spanish life, live your best life, and say Viva España! to join me in this journey, sharing the joys and challenges that come with the Spanish life. Whether you’re planning a move, already living here, or just interested in the Spanish culture, I hope you find this blog informative and inspiring.

Adjustments with Relocating 

Certainly, there are challenges and adjustments when relocating to a new country, but the rewards are enormous. From the fascinating culture to the delectable food, the stunning landscapes, and the friendly people, Spain has so much to offer. Exchange your traditional routines for relaxed lunches, afternoon siestas, and late-night dinners under the stars. This truly is living your best life.

Concluding:

Spain, with its sunshine, vibrant culture, and more, is not just a place to live – it’s a lifestyle. It’s the perfect blend of tranquility and festivity, tradition and modernity, sea, and mountains. It’s a place where life is lived in the streets and plazas, with friends and family. And that’s the essence of living in Spain sharing the joys and challenges that come with the Spanish life.

Insider tips

Whether you’re planning a move, already living here, or just interested to follow this blog as I share more insider tips and personal experiences about living in Spain, from practical advice to cultural insights. Whether it’s finding the best paella in town, navigating the Spanish school system, or buying a property, this blog will be your go-to guide. So stay tuned, and join Viva España: Embracing Life in Sunny Spain for Over Two Decades – A Journey of Living Your Best Life..     hasta luego Pablo..

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